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Mapping a wind-modified urban heat island in Tucson, Arizona
|Title||Mapping a wind-modified urban heat island in Tucson, Arizona|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Journal Title||Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society|
Tucson, Arizona, is an example of the many cities in the southwestern United States experiencing rapid growth and urban sprawl over the last several decades. The accompanying extensive modification of land use and land cover leads to many environmental impacts, including urban heat islands. The primary aim of this paper is to expand knowledge of the phenomenon for Tucson, by quantifying the amount of urban warming, and by mapping temperature patterns over the city and examining related aspects of the local–scale atmospheric circulation. The secondary aim is to document how an applied empirical research project was integrated into an introductory undergraduate climatology class via active learning. The paper begins and concludes with general and practical comments on combining the research and educational aspects of the project.